Running off the pounds...

Jason Thompson, owner of Flower Design Events, prepares for the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run in aid of Trinity Hospice.
Jason Thompson, owner of Flower Design Events, prepares for the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run in aid of Trinity Hospice.
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A man’s mission to lose weight has turned into a charity challenge to run 10k along Blackpool’s Promenade.

Jason Thompson started shedding stones last January, and now he’s hoping to shift the last few pounds to his target weight by taking part in this year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run.

But it is a daunting task for someone who’s never run before.

Jason, 44, said: “I’m starting to panic a bit; the furthest I’ve run so far is 6k.

“Since January 2012 I’ve been trying to get myself into shape so I don’t get ill.

“I got to the point where I thought I might be capable of doing the 10k.”

On January 7 last year, Jason weighed 21 stones.

Since then he has been having personal training sessions twice a week with Matt Wilkinson at Lytham-based outdoor bootcamp, FY Fitness, and now weighs 16 stone, nine pounds.

He says his target is 16, although Matt has other ideas.

“He wants me to get down to 15 stone,” he said.

As well as his early morning training sessions, Jason is also trying to get out running at least once a week, but said the cold weather was proving testing.

Most of the members of FY Fitness are also taking part in the Fun Run, on May 12.

Jason, through his business Flower Design Events based at Whitehills Business Park, has always supported Trinity Hospice, and he is hoping for plenty of sponsorship as his part in the race will go towards the charity.

He said: “Everything we have done to raise money over the last 10 years has gone to Trinity.

“I think Trinity is an organisation that everyone who lives in the area is touched by.

“For us, I think family, friends and members of staff have been involved with Trinity at some point, so when it came to choosing a charity to support for the fun run, it was very easy.”

So far Jason, who lives in Blackpool, has raised £100.

With four weeks to go, he will be putting a concerted effort into getting sponsors.

Anyone who wants to support Jason for the Blackpool 10k can visit his donation web page,

This is the first year Trinity Hospice is organising the Fun Run, which has been put on for the last 30 years by Beaverbrooks.

To take part, fill in the form below and send it to Trinity.

BLACKPOOL 10K FUN RUN: Click here for our Fun Run minisite including entry form and gallery from last year’s event..

Don’t forget to tweet us @The_Gazette with your training pictures, reasons for running and links to your donations page. If you include the hashtag #Blackpool10k they will appear on our Fun Run page.